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Old 09-17-19, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by willieb View Post
After browsing the forum(s) and the last couple pages of this thread, here's what I decided. I'll give a short review once I've had a chance to use them a few times. Front and Rear for under $36...

Note they are both in the US, as I didn't want to wait for them to come from China or Hong Kong.

Black Solarstorm 5000LM 2X CREE XML U2 LED Front Bicycle Bike Headlight Headlamp | eBay

Cycling Bike Bicycle 2 Laser Beam and 5 LED Rear Tail Light Lamp 6 Modes Safety | eBay
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Update: Original post above was 05-21-14, 09:27 PM. Still using occasionally, lights and head lamp battery still work great. I hate to say it but well worth the money.
Update 2: The first update above was from 1-16-17. I just started back riding and used this same light Saturday, and I can't believe it still works fine. I only had it on for an hr and a half, but the battery meter never dropped from 3 bars (highest). This is amazing. The links above are dead after 5 years but I'm sure you can find a similar light based on the title. I've been using the light on and off for over 5 years, mostly for ghost crab hunting at the beach lol, and when I need a super bright light outside. Seems like I paid around $25 for the front headlight. I'm excited to be back in the saddle again.
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Old 11-27-19, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by K1NJO View Post
Just looking for something cheap but effective. This isn't really for any nighttime riding on the regular, but more for those times when I'm coming from a friend's house at night, for example.
Simply you can search from amazon, eBay and wallmart they are most biggest marketplace and their is a very huge discounted offers available so do it and enjoy
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Old 11-27-19, 07:35 AM
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I don't bother, all of my headlight except for one are Delta Rocket Rays and I match Rocket horns to them.




The other one is a light tank on my '62 J.C. Higgins Flightliner.

Converted to 12V LED.
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Old 11-29-19, 09:10 AM
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The Solarstorm light mentioned by willieb uses the fictitious "Chinese lumen count" for the CREE XML2 LED. If you look up the actual lumen output from the CREE website you will find this: "The XM-L2 LED offers the unique combination of high efficacy and high lumen output at high drive currents, delivering an unprecedented 1198 lumens at 116 lumens-per-watt efficacy at 3 A, 25°C." Two times 1198 does not equal 5000. I see single LED XML-T6 flashlights like the one I use with fake lumen counts as high as 10,000 lumens when the maximum output for the LED is around 1000 lumens. Buyer beware!.

The other two factors that limit brightness are heat and battery capacity. Notice the "3 A, 25°C". It takes a lot of power to run two of these at maximum output so battery life (run time) suffers. The other problem is heat. The LEDs produce a lot of heat when run at 3A so you need to dissipate heat to keep from ruining the LEDs. That is why a lot of expensive lights with high output automatically go to a lower mode after a few minutes in order to save the LEDs from destruction.
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Old 12-01-19, 11:38 PM
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My Higgins' light tank was converted to a 12V multi-LED array. I have two 4xAA cell packs chained to operate it.
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These are my favourite bicycle headlights. You just put them on your bike, and don't need to recharge them, or replace batteries. This model is the brightest solar bicycle headlights I have seen. It also has the largest battery, and a built in horn.

At the time of writing, you can buy these on ebay for less than US$15.





In the future there may be new models.

More information here: https://www.bikeforums.net/electroni...le-lights.html

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Old 03-05-20, 02:54 AM
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There is a new headlight called RIDEIWAKE. 1800 lumens with big screen and GPS. Can have a look in their pages.
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REI is selling the Cyglolite Dash 460 for 30 bucks right now. Great light for the money. compact, lightweight, lots of modes, and decent battery life.
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Are there any decent low cost Dyno lights?
Using Alfine hubs. Thanks
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Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
Are there any decent low cost Dyno lights?
Using Alfine hubs. Thanks
Low cost meaning <50 USD as specified in the thread title or a would you be willing to spend a bit more (if so, please say how much more)? to help you a bit more specifically: for which purpose do you need the light i.e.
  • where do you ride at night and
  • how much (oncoming) traffic do you encounter and
  • how much background light (streetlights, houses, shops) is there?
  • Shall it be it a to-be-seen light or a to-see light?
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Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
Are there any decent low cost Dyno lights?
Using Alfine hubs. Thanks
xxcycle.com in France seems to have just about every B&M dynamo headlight available. If you spend some time browsing the site, you can see that each letter in the model name refers to a feature such as light sensing, manual or auto switching. It tells you how bright the light is in Lux which is different from lumens, making things hard to compare. A 50 Lux light is adequate for most of us and might be roughly equivalent to 200 or 300 lumens. The difference the measurement methods is that Lux is at the lighted object whereas lumens is the measure of output from the source of light.

I put this light on my wife's bike. It's called an Eyc, pronounced Ike. It's so tiny it looks like a toy but it works like a champ. It is currently listed at 33.33 € which is $37.75. They have cheaper ones going down to 15 Lux. 15 Lux might be good for in the city and just being seen.
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Originally Posted by polyphrast View Post
Low cost meaning <50 USD as specified in the thread title or a would you be willing to spend a bit more (if so, please say how much more)? to help you a bit more specifically: for which purpose do you need the light i.e.
  • where do you ride at night and
  • how much (oncoming) traffic do you encounter and
  • how much background light (streetlights, houses, shops) is there?
  • Shall it be it a to-be-seen light or a to-see light?
I'd like to stay under $100 but would consider more depending on what's better. Im looking for a light to see with on the road for streets which may not have street lamps. I live in the suburbs but plans to do some long weekend tours to DC and Maine some time soon
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Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
I'd like to stay under $100 but would consider more depending on what's better. Im looking for a light to see with on the road for streets which may not have street lamps. I live in the suburbs but plans to do some long weekend tours to DC and Maine some time soon
i personally find the beam shape of the Eyc a tad narrow, but i have only seen the beam shots from the B&M webpage.
i just checked a dynamo light test from a bike magazine, so I'd recommend either the Hermanns H-Black MR8 (80 lux) or the B&M IQ-X (100 lux), both can be ordered i.e. at Bike24.de for 23€ and 65€ eur. Shipping to the states costs 20 Eur. The H-Black MR8 is a bit narrower and has a bit less throw than the IQ-X. If you want to do a lot of (longer) riding at night on unlit roads/gravel roads, then go for the IQ-X, if you do not intend to ride so much/so long at night, go for the H-Black MR8, definitely an excellent bang for the buck and better than the above recommended EYC (which isn't a bad light).
The IQ-X beam shape is pretty solid, i had tested the battery powered version of that light and was pretty happy with it (but i still went for a different, even more expensive and better light...)
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Old 06-29-20, 11:04 PM
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Just purchased schwinn intensa100 light set from wally-world for under $20, will it be the best ? I dunno 😐
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